‘The Jewish Community in Ethiopia is in Mortal Danger’

An Ethiopian Israeli protestor wears a kippah, the traditional Jewish skullcap for men, during a demonstration in a street of the Israeli city of Kiryat Gat on May 4, 2015. Israel pledged to crack down on racism and discrimination against Ethiopian Jews as officials sought to ease tensions after a …

Ynetnews reports: Israeli activists campaigning to bring the Falash Mura (Ethiopians who claim Jewish lineage) from Ethiopia to Israel have been receiving recently reports about the severe distress facing those who remain in transit camps in Gondar following escalating conflicts in the region.

Falash Mura have spoken of their fear for their well-being and the serious difficulty in acquiring food and even in leaving their homes. According to various reports, some of them were injured in clashes, and ten Israeli volunteers have been evacuated from the camp because of the danger.

In recent days, Ethiopian security forces have shot dead some 100 persons. The forces have been attempting to suppress anti-government demonstrations in the Oromiya and Amhara regions. The riots in Ethiopia have caused the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem over the weekend to publish a travel warning for these areas.

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